Google just crippled image search, and people are angry

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"View image" is gone.
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Google just made two big changes to image search, and you’re not going to like either of them.

In addition to killing off the “view image” button, the company has removed the ability to “search by image.”

The heartbreaking changes come after a complaint from Getty Images, which wants Google to make it harder for people to steal its photos.

Google Maps for iOS just made your commute easier

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You can now gain one-tap access to useful commute info.
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Google today rolled out a new Maps update for iOS that makes accessing commute information easier than ever.

A new one-tap access bar at the bottom of the app lets you quickly view nearby restaurants and hotels, real-time traffic data, and transit information.

Google Chrome ad blocker could prove good for everyone (even publishers)

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Here's why it's a win for everyone.
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Google will roll out an awesome Chrome ad blocker Thursday that takes aim at some of the most invasive forms of online advertising.

The new Chrome ad-blocking feature won’t annihilate ads entirely. But users won’t need to worry about full-page ads, ads with auto-playing sound and video, or flashing ads anymore.

Ex-Google engineer says the company is boring. Is the same true of Apple?

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Google isn't innovating and Apple is "meh" claims a departing Google exec.
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Google can no longer innovate, claims departing 13-year company vet Steve Yegge in a long Medium post this week.

Yegge puts Google on blast for what he perceives as the four biggest problems facing the company today. How many of them hold true for Apple as well?

App Store and Google Play raked in $60 billion last year

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iOS 11 made big changes to the App Store.
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iPhone was very nearly the world’s top Google search this year

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iPhone X and iPhone 8 were two of the top Google searches in 2017.
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Given how much time we spend Googling things, analyzing the world’s top searches provides a pretty good insight into the people, ideas, products, and news we could consider to be important.

With that in mind, Apple’s got to be pretty happy at the news that iPhone X and iPhone 8 were two of the top three most popular search terms of the year, with the top search being for Hurricane Irma. Fourth and fifth places were taken by Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle.

Amazon tops Apple for title of best-managed company

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Amazon is on fire.
Amazon is on fire.
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American tech companies are a some of the most effectively managed businesses in the world, according to a new landmark system that ranked the top 250 companies.

Even though Apple is the world’s most profitable company, the rankings found that Amazon is actually the most efficiently run business. But Apple follows at a close second.